09 Oct How to Keep Your Job if You are Thinking About Going to Rehab
The website SAMHSA says that 76% of men and women that have a substance abuse problem have a job. Most fear that they will not be able to keep their job if they decide to get treatment for their alcohol and drug addiction. Staying in fear only keeps you away from what you know to be right.
If you are an alcoholic or drug addict, you need to get help right away. If you do not, then you are headed for trouble. Your addiction will only get worse. Did you know that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) protects you from getting fired if you need to go into a treatment program? If you ever feel like your work place is discriminating against you because of your drug or alcohol problem, you can contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Believe it or not, most employers would rather you go to rehab then to stay intoxicated on the job. Many companies face lawsuits because of an employee that caused a problem while they were at work. There is nothing more devastating then to see an employee throwing their life away with drugs/alcohol.
The Family and Medical Leave Act allows a person to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job without being fired. This is known as the FMLA act. It is there to protect workers that need to take medical leave for different reasons. Going into a drug/alcohol treatment program is one of the reasons that you can use to take time off in order to get sober. Knowing your rights is the first step that someone has to take in order to get sober.
You might be surprised to find out that your employer understands that you need to go to rehab. Perhaps they have known someone that had a drug/alcohol problem and got help. Many employers have had their own issues as well. Talking to your boss about your plans is the first step to take with your work because you need to get the help that you need right away.
It is also important to check with your insurance company to find out what insurance you have in order to get help. Not every treatment center accepts the same type of insurance. Some accept one type of insurance, while another is rejected.
If you are too intoxicated to do any of this, call a drug and alcohol treatment center. Tell them what you are struggling with and see if they can offer you some type of assistance into your dilemma.